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June 11, 2019

Trio of faculty startups earn SEED funding awards

Written By: Staff

Three startup companies led by College of Engineering faculty members have received funding from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Discovery to Product (D2P) unit as part of the state of Wisconsin’s State Economic Engagement and Development Research Program.

Pyran, co-founded by George Huber, the Richard L. Antoine Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has developed a new renewable process to manufacture a chemical used in the paint and coatings industry.

KineVid, created by Robert Radwin, the Duane H. and Dorothy M. Bluemke Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, is making an app that uses machine vision and artificial intelligence to analyze, evaluate and improve lifting ergonomics in the workplace to reduce the number of lower back injuries.

Turba, led by David Beebe, the John D. MacArthur Professor and Claude Bernard Professor of Biomedical Engineering, is creating a new test to help doctors select the most effective antibiotics to treat infections where multiple bacterial organisms are present.

The goal of the State Economic Engagement and Development (SEED) Research Program is to generate additional private and public sector support for research that takes place on the UW-Madison campus and promote technology transfer between the university and industry.

“D2P is thrilled to administer the SEED program to help faculty and staff close the research gap,” says D2P Director Andy Richards. “There are so many amazing technologies associated with university discoveries on this campus—this unique program provides important resources to help the associated startup companies conduct research here on campus that facilitates further development of their innovations and better positions them for introduction to the marketplace.”